Advancing Women in Business

The business world needs more powerful women leaders. Research has shown that organizations with diverse management and leadership ranks are more successful. Those of us at the Gabelli School of Business at RWU are keenly aware of this and we are committed and passionate about our role and opportunity to shape these future leaders.

Women mingle at conferenceAt GSB, we are very engaged in providing opportunities for women to learn from women business practitioners how best to work toward success. Through activities such as our ‘Ignite’ conference, our women students are offered ways to network with fellow students and alumnae to learn best practices that apply to early career professionals.

Women in Business Student Organization (WIB)

Join the Women in Business student organization at RWU - an inclusive, supportive, and productive group of women and women-identified business students.  As a member, you will benefit from a host of opportunities—including, guest speaking sessions, networking, and experiential opportunities designed to support your personal and professional development as a future woman business leader.  

Women in Business

In Their Own Words

Women Business students share stories of their GSB experiences. Read more about these students, and how they're leading and excelling at GSB. 

Joy '21, Business Management

"There are constantly new opportunities to get involved in different ways."

Avery '22, Economics & Finance

"I got to hear from alumni members on what they learned in the industry."

"A lot of people are looking for experience, and you can’t get experience unless you get a job or do an internship. The RWU Finance program offers both. CAFE replicates industry, so you get real-time, industry-like hands-on experience. This has been one of the most beneficial things I’ve done in my four years in college." 

Carla Puchini, Class of 2017 
Associate at Goldman Sachs, New York, N.Y.

“At GSB, you are not just a number. You aren’t competing against a pool of students where your voice is not being heard. If you work hard and you want to do something, your professors, deans, and counselors help you find opportunities and support your goals.”

Rameesa Wajid, Class of 2024

“As a female leader I feel as though I have an obligation to not only represent the Women in Business, but also empower others to join me in taking leadership roles. I want to provide women the opportunity to be leaders — not just follow in my lead.”

Brianna Celano, Class of 2023

“I’m excited about being surrounded by other inspirational women. It is so great to work with these women and tackle these challenges together.”

Amelia Pickard, Class of 2025

"We design these opportunities to address career issues that are most relevant to women planning the transition from college to their first professional position. GSB alumnae succeed and are always glad to work with our students to help them do so as well."

Susan McTiernan, D.B.A.
Mario J. Gabelli School of Business Faculty

IGNITE: Accelerating Women’s Success at Work

Students in the audience at IGNITE 2022This year, the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, Women in Business, and the Office of Admissions are Proud to Present IGNITE: Accelerating Women’s Success at Work: Navigating Your Personal Brand with Personal Brand Expert and RWU Alumna Meghan Rothschild

Saturday, October 22
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Great Room | North Campus Residence Hall

Limited seating available, registration required

As women continue to crack the glass ceiling and grow a stronger presence in typically male-dominated fields, the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business (GSB) at Roger Williams University presents an annual event geared toward building community and ensuring success for women about to enter the workforce.

This interactive workshop covers the must-haves for a professional online presence. We teach you what types of content work best, and where you should be posting it in order to engage more followers and land your dream job.

You'll have a chance to engage with other RWU women and to receive feedback from Meghan. You’ll leave with a list of actionable next steps to building out your successful brand!

Meghan Rothschild '06 presenting at IGNITEAbout Meghan

Meghan Rothschild is President and owner of Chikmedia, a company that puts emphasis on female-run businesses.  She has over 15 years experience in Marketing and Public Relations. She has been a public  speaker for over 14 years, specializing in topics such as social media, marketing strategy, public relations, melanoma survivorship, and living with endometriosis.

In addition to being featured in numerous media outlets such as Marie Clare Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Teen Vogue, WebMD, AND World News, The Huffington Post, AP, Inside Edition, NBS Nightly News, and CNN, Meghan was featured in one of 2011’s most shared YouTube videos called Dear 16 Year Old Me, and a national campaign for the American Academy of Dermatology. Her work in skin cancer awareness landed her an award from Cosmopolitan Magazine along side Kristen Bell and David Wright.